- Greene insisted on a baseless conspiracy theory that the Texas gunman was guilty of “cross-dressing.”
- She also speculated without evidence that the shooter had “mental problems”.
- Representative Paul Gosar put forth a similar theory, calling the gunman a “transsexual left-wing illegal alien.”
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene spread an unfounded rumor about the Texas elementary school massacre on Sunday, claiming without evidence that the gunman engaged in “transvestism.”
Greene spoke on a live Facebook broadcast, referring to the school shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 21 people, including 19 children.
“Obviously he had a lot of mental issues, as shown when he wore eyeliner, wore cross-dressing, much of his language, was a loner,” Greene said, adding that more information was still coming out about the school shooter. †
She also wondered how the shooter got the money to buy the weapons he used in the shooting, despite coming from a low-income household.
“He must have been saving!” said Green.
In her broadcast, Greene appeared to address two separate conspiracy theories circulating around the shooting. Greene appeared to be referring to the unfounded rumor from her colleague, Representative Paul Gosar, that the gunman was a transgender.
Last week, Gosar began spreading an unfounded, transphobic rumor via a now-deleted tweet that the gunman was a “transsexual left-wing illegal alien” hours after the shooting. This is factually incorrect in every way and comes from 4Chan, an unmoderated edge messaging board. 4Chan users posted images of trans women, falsely claiming they were the shooter, despite these women having nothing to do with what happened in Uvalde.
Greene also casually referenced an unfounded conspiracy theory that the Texas massacre was a false flag operation. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and several QAnon influencers argued without substantiation that the mass shooting was a staged event, with Jones speculating it was “very suspicious timing just days before the NRA convention in Houston — and wondering how the shooter all that money came” “to buy his weapons.
Jones previously claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six adults was a hoax. After multiple families sued the right-wing radio host, he said in a statement that “a form of psychosis” led him to believe the Sandy Hook shooting was not real and admitted he was spreading misinformation about it.
As for Greene, hours after the Uvalde shooting, she took a pro-gun stance, claiming that the US doesn’t need “more gun control”, but “must return to God instead”. At the time, she also speculated without evidence that “drugs could be the problem.”
Greene has walked on a pro-gun platform. She is known to have held firearms raffles for fundraising campaigns and videotaped the harassment of a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting in January 2021.